Two Zambia players were injured Wednesday night when the team's bus was stoned following a friendly win over South Africa, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) said on Thursday.
Goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene needed stitches in his head after the bus windows were shattered by "huge rocks" as the team left Johannesburg's Soccer City Stadium for its hotel, according to the FAZ. Midfielder Felix Katongo was also hurt.
FAZ vice-president Boniface Mwamelo described the attack "shameful" and hinted that they will lodge a formal complaint with South African football authorities.
South African Football Association (SAFA) president Kirsten Nematandani has apologized to his Zambian counterpart Kalusha Bwalya for what he called "regrettable and barbaric acts of hooliganism", according to www.kickoff.com, a South African website.
So far two youths have been arrested in connection with the incident.
Analysts said the incident is a wake-up call for the South African organizers of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Zambia scored the lone goal through striker Collins Mbesuma in the 63rd minute, silencing the vocal South African fans. Endi